“You Don’t Feel It Till the Next Day”: Mike Tyson Describes Boxing With a Broken Hand

Published 08/21/2021, 6:35 AM EDT
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – OCTOBER 13,2001: Mike Tyson (R) throws a right punch against Brian Nielsen during the fight at the Parken, on October 13,2001 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mike Tyson won by a TD 7. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)


Mike Tyson, ‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’, earned his nickname due to several larger-than-life incidents. Starting from his impeccable viciousness in the ring to outer ring controversies, the heavyweight elite had always been the center of attraction. However, it often caused him pain.

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Even when Tyson was boxing in his prime, he was never free of injuries, but that didn’t curb him from moving forward. Aged 55, when he has nothing more to prove, ‘Iron’ revealed that he had fought several times with a broken hand.

In the past, Tyson had also claimed to have fought with a broken spinal cord. Several people viewed it as an excuse to explain his loss to Lennox Lewis in 2000. But this time, Tyson revealed the insights in an interesting conversation.

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In a chat with Micky Ward and ‘Triple C’ Henry Cejudo in the HotBoxin podcast, Tyson spoke about the dangers of boxing and talked about his injuries.

Mike Tyson said, “Listen, if we do boxing for 15 or 12 rounds with those gloves, we will break our hands… Well listen, I think within the first rounds, our hands will be broken. Fractured them a lot.”

“Yeah, you don’t feel it till the next day.”

After 20 years of competition at the top level, Tyson retired from the sport in 2005. He ended his career with two losses back-to-back. However, 15 years after losing to Kevin McBride, Mike Tyson made a return in 2020 and competed with Roy Jones Jr. in a lucrative exhibition bout.

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Will we see Mike Tyson in action again?

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Following a draw against ‘Captain Hook’, Mike Tyson explained his interest in re-appearing in action. He even garnered call-outs from former rivals Evander Holyfield and Shannon Briggs. But ‘Iron’ didn’t show any special interest in locking horns against them. Meanwhile, Tyson has a lot of activities to look after.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Roy Jones Jr. (L) and Mike Tyson celebrate their split draw during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)

He is an entrepreneur with several investments onboard. Simultaneously, he also has the HotBoxin’ podcast, which is now a popular talk show. Hence, it’s only the itch to compete that can urge Mike Tyson to lace up the boxing gloves.

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Fans, though, may prefer to listen to tales from his career on his happening podcast.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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